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Chambers of Monica Carss-Frisk QC and Anthony Peto QC

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BLACKSTONE HOUSE, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9BW, ENGLAND
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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜At the top of its game’ Blackstone Chambers is a set β€˜full to the rafters with high-calibre barristers with an appetite for a fight’. Chambers is β€˜renowned for providing high-quality advice, particularly in relation to financial services’, where β€˜no other set can rival them’, and it also β€˜has a longstanding and deserved reputation as a first-class’ commercial and public law set. In addition, chambers offers β€˜a breadth of silks and juniors in areas of fraud and asset recovery’, and, according to some, is β€˜now challenging the position held by Brick Court Chambers and Monckton Chambers ’ when it comes to competition law work. As the market has come to expect, the β€˜excellent’ clerks’ room is β€˜well managed’ by the β€˜exceptional’ and β€˜proper’ senior clerk Gary Oliver. Deputy senior clerks Derek Sutton (β€˜a real gent; the standout individual; consistently delivering an outstanding first-class service’) and Adam Sloane (β€˜very happy to assist and ensure that the correct person is on hand to help with each matter’) are also highly rated by solicitors. The clerking team is β€˜particularly adept at handling cases where they are on all sides, making effective use of Chinese walls’ and β€˜understand the concept of "horses for courses" and the need to match counsel both to the case and the client’. Kevin Grubb is β€˜an excellent clerk’ who β€˜knows the court system well’, along with β€˜each barrister's strengths’. Adam Fuschillo β€˜is very helpful in all respects’. Danny Compton is β€˜responsive and accommodating’. For providing β€˜an excellent service’, chambers director Julia Hornor and her deputy, Mat Swallow, are also names to note. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

With β€˜an exceptional depth of counsel’, Blackstone Chambers β€˜has a well-deserved reputation as the preeminent chambers for public law, judicial reviews and civil liberties work.’ It is instructed on a roll-call of high-profile cases involving crucial points of law and issues and has an all-encompassing breadth of expertise from commercial and regulatory matters to human rights, data protection and disciplinary law. It has been entrusted with a number of cases concerning the UK’s exit from the EU and Dinah Rose QCacted for Unison in a judicial review challenge to the new fees regime for employment tribunal cases which was successful at the Supreme Court.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A tour de force and a real testament to the quality of the legal profession.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is a stand-out performer, especially on national security work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is the best – top notch.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is a real expert on public law and regulatory matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She brings with her a reputation and vast experience in public law and human rights work.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Howell QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very bright and careful barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Beloff QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Strongly recommended for his experience and judgement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Wonderfully clear and engaging, and has excellent judgement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly rated in a set with good all-rounders.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A committed and fearless advocate. He can find an argument when all hope is lost.’

Ranked: tier 3

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly regarded for financial regulatory judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A first choice for administrative and public law cases – an outstanding advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is like a bit of gold dust, particularly for complex litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is hugely well regarded by courts here and abroad and is very incisive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Lewis QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A broad practice that includes assisting sports governing bodies.’

Ranked: tier 5

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A class act who gives really sensible advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He remains incredibly calm under pressure and delivers the highest quality work.’

Ranked: tier 5

Gemma White QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Undertakes work involving HMRC.’

Ranked: tier 5

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has the ability to articulate a complex point with absolute clarity.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is one of most innovative thinkers in public law and is in high demand.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is careful, well-reasoned and has the ear of the court.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2018 silks

Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is a great advocate, rigorous and insightful.’

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

David Pievsky - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He demonstrated a most impressive grasp of all public law and judicial review issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Hickman - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The star of the junior Bar and the leading voice on matters of constitutional importance.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is held in high regard and is a delight to instruct.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜First rate in public law and civil liberties. He is collegiate and phenomenally articulate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Iain Steele - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very adept junior with a broad practice and excellent tactical nous.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gerard Clarke - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is a good performer.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has an exceptional eye for detail and he has attracted high praise from clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jessica Boyd - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She has a superb analytical mind in addressing complex statutory and regulatory questions.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jane Collier - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A go-to barrister providing excellent strategic advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Gallafent - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is a great advocate and fun to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Naina Patel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is an excellent public lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has deep expertise in public law and financial services regulation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Outstanding. He has an analytical mind and his written advocacy is dynamic and persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers has β€˜a longstanding well-deserved reputation in this field, which is matched by the strength in depth of its available counsel’. Several members within chambers were involved in PCP Partners v Barclays Bank, representing both PCP and ex-Barclays CEO, John Varley.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Both his written and oral submissions are great, and he’s really fun to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew George QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Has an outstanding brain and deep knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜As good as it gets – great on his feet, recognises client needs and is never flustered.’

Ranked: tier 5

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Great to work with, has an easy manner and fantastic judgement.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2017 silks

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Unique in his ability to understand and apply difficult concepts to difficult commercial issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Members of Blackstone Chambers are noted for their ability to β€˜provide advice and advocacy in cases that develop the law where a strategic and innovative approach is needed’. Case highlights over the last 12 months include Nathalie Lieven QC representing the Equalities and Human Rights Commission in a challenge to the Home Secretary’s policy on the detention of asylum seekers who were victims of torture. Also, James Eadie QC intervened on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health in the high-profile Supreme Court hearing of the Charlie Gard case.

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A superstar and the best in the field.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Has great strategic judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An outstanding public law lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Respected throughout the courts.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Measured, incisive, well regarded by courts here and abroad.’

Ranked: tier 2

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Fantastic advocate with impeccable judgement and a true team player.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Beloff QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very user friendly, great turn around, incredible analysis.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Howell QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly respected by judges and peers alike.’

Ranked: tier 4

Maurice Mendelson QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable and passionate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Combines a phenomenal forensic intelligence with great personal charm.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Excellent communicator with impressive legal skills, knowledge and experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the top lawyers in his field.’

Ranked: tier 4

Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Easy to work with, responsive, down to earth and commercial in her approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Has an uncanny ability to read the way a case will develop from a distance.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Hugely experienced especially in relation to European Convention rights and freedoms.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2017 silks

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has the ability to make the complex seem simple.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very impressive court advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – 2018 silks

Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A deft legal tactician with sound judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Tom Hickman - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Outstanding and adept on his feet. He is versatile, determined and clever.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Pievsky - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very bright, gets to the heart of the matter quickly and has an unflappable nature.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly intelligent, able to grasp the issues quickly and provide valuable considered advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly intelligent with an eye for detail, and a genuine willingness to work hard.’

Ranked: tier 3

Iain Steele - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has an acute attention to detail and is extremely bright.’

Ranked: tier 3

Naina Patel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very clever and strong on case strategy. Committed and extremely tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Strategic thinker with impressive intellectual acumen and common sense.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is a β€˜first-rate’ commercial set and praised for being β€˜always keen to make the right people available even on short notice’. Clients also note the set is β€˜particularly adept at handling cases where they are on all sides, making effective use of Chinese walls’. Pound for pound it has some of the top barristers in the country, something reflected in the calibre of its cases. Highlights include Libyan Investment Authority v Societe Generale, Sabbath v Khoury and others, and VBFA v Segesta & Owen Oyston.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very responsive and gives sensible advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The fiercest cross-examiner I’ve come across who is both charming and devastating.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A superlative QC – good on his feet and with papers, and also extremely commercial.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A fabulous advocate, incredibly user friendly and prepares meticulously.’

Ranked: tier 3

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Works hard and gets straight to the point.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Brilliant in his role as senior counsel; gives practical advice focused on the issue at hand..’

Ranked: tier 5

Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Has a remarkable ability to construct compelling cases irrespective of the apparent merits.’

Ranked: tier 5

Anthony Peto QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A top choice for major disputes, particularly with a fraud angle.’

Ranked: tier 6

Andrew George QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His paperwork is wonderful and his advocacy exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 6

Barbara Dohmann QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A legend.’

Ranked: tier 6

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A fantastic silk and excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Masters complex issues so that he makes cross-examination of experts in esoteric fields look easy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Leona Powell - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Incredibly intelligent and user friendly, a brilliant all-round barrister.’

Ranked: tier 3

Victoria Windle - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Responsive, very easy to work with and really fights the client’s corner.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Lowe - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Offers first-rate legal analysis and superb drafting skills and never loses sight of the commercial context.’

Ranked: tier 5

Fraser Campbell - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extraordinarily intelligent and always calm in a crisis.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commercial litigation – Top ten under eight years’ call

Daniel Burgess - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A superb and tenacious advocate, his written work is always of the highest standard.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading silks

Andreas Gledhill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Drafts beautifully; a pleasure to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Competition
Competition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is a β€˜very strong set’ for competition law work. Pre-eminent silks in this area include Dinah Rose QC, Thomas de la Mare QC and Brian Kennelly QC. Alan Maclean QC is instructed in Agents Mutual v Gascoigne Halman, a significant case for the estate agency and online property portal industries, while Kennelly is acting for the applicant in a challenge to the European Commission’s refusal to allow the merger between mobile networks Three and O2.

Competition – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very strong and compelling advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Hugely knowledgeable, very approachable and gets to the point straightaway.’

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A big player in the EU law space.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Robust, commercial and displays real strategic insights into handling hard-fought cases. He has excellent court skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Lewis QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A smart, knowledgeable, hardworking, and very user-friendly silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Always client friendly and a pleasure to work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Superb advocate with fantastic judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His preparation and delivery is unsurpassed and he is able to bring the most complex issues into clear focus.’

Ranked: tier 3

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A go-to and persuasive silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very smart, great lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3
Competition – Leading juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Exceptionally bright. He is able to digest large amounts of information quickly and drill down to the key points affecting the client.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜All-round brilliant. Super advocate with excellent client skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tristan Jones - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Brilliant competition and human rights junior. Cool, calm and collected. Very approachable and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jessica Boyd - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Provides clear advice both in conference and in written opinions. She takes care to ensure that all relevant issues are covered.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emily Neill - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Impressive grasp of the underlying technical subject matter of proceedings. Her drafting is clear and she is able to articulate quite complex points in a digestible way.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is a star who will rise to the very top. He is outstanding in every way.’

Ranked: tier 3

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EU law
EU law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers services a wide range of EU law issues, ranging from customs questions to EU charter rights and state liability claims. Recent case highlights include R (Uber) v Transport for London where, using free movement and non-discrimination arguments, Thomas de la Mare QC and Hanif Mussa secured a short-term reprieve for Uber, following TfL’s earlier refusal to renew the ride-sharing company’s operating licence in September 2017. Nathalie Lieven QC and Ravi Mehta acted for the successful claimant in R (ClientEarth (No 3)) which found the government’s air quality plan unlawful under the EU’s Air Quality Directive. And Kieron Beal QC secured a reference to the CJEU for an NGO claiming EU legislation fails to recognise the independent status of Western Sahara; Brian Kennelly QC and Paul Luckhurst appeared for respondents HMRC and Defra in the hearing.

EU law – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely strategic, decisive, and has an immense knowledge. Put simply, the only time you want to be in court with her is if she is on your client’s side.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for his strong oral advocacy, he is very approachable and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A superb advocate with fantastic judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The government’s go-to counsel for major advice and litigation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An imaginative, lateral-thinker who fights the client’s corner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is able to bring the most complex issues into clear focus and ensure judges’ attention is brought to bear on the fundamental aspects of every case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜First rate; clear, concise and persuasive submissions; probably the most user-friendly silk in the market.’

Ranked: tier 3

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very smart, great lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very astute and skilled operator who is a pleasure to instruct. He provides cogent and commercial advice and is not someone who sits on the fence.’

Ranked: tier 4
EU law – Leading juniors

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An all-round brilliant, bright advocate with excellent client skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Technically excellent and offers sound legal advice. He is also highly responsive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emily Neill - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Sharp, intelligent; her client-handing is very good and she is always a pleasure to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and surprisingly good at pitching in on any tasks needed, with good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Digs deep to really understand the detail of a case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ravi Mehta - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A bright, hardworking junior, who is an excellent team player, he is highly regarded by the silks he works with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Education
Education - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers β€˜has amazing strength in depth in public law’. It acts for a wide range of schools and other educational institutions, as well as the Secretary of State on varied matters, such as in R v Secretary of State for Education where Catherine Callaghan QC successfully resisted a threatened judicial review challenge to a decision approving the expansion of Weald of Kent Grammar School; the claimant group had argued the expansion onto a satellite site in Sevenoaks was in fact the creation of a new grammar school.

Education – Leading silks

Gemma White QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable and able to provide excellent tactical and substantive advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is very creative, totally committed, pragmatic, and has a gravity that the courts respect.’

Ranked: tier 2
Education – 2018 silks

Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is a hugely able and impressive barrister; incisive written work and assured advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment
Employment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers β€˜has great strength in depth at all levels and truly stands out for the quality of its service’. Dinah Rose QC successfully acted for Unison in R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor, in which the Supreme Court found that employment tribunal fees were unlawful. Meanwhile group head Paul Goulding QC defended Sports Direct in bonus claims brought by zero hours contract workers.

Employment – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A leading advocate at the employment Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Goulding QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The absolute go-to person for restrictive covenant and confidential information matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jane Mulcahy QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate with clear and detailed analyses.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An extremely intelligent and technical lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A fantastic advocate who is exceptionally bright.’

Ranked: tier 4
Employment – 2018 Silks

Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She combines an outstanding grasp of the detail with a brilliant manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nick De Marco QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is highly impressive and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Thomas Croxford QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is sharp, practical and excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Employment – Leading juniors

Diya Sen Gupta - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Her understanding of employment law is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gerard Clarke - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very user friendly and interacts well with instructing solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sarah Wilkinson - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is impressive in her responsiveness, clarity and commercial approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very impressive junior with excellent attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Victoria Windle - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She embodies everything a modern barrister should be.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Calm and assured.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Environment
Environment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers welcomed fracking expert Nathalie Lieven QC from Landmark Chambers in 2017. Since joining he has advised Cuadrilla on various aspects of its proposal to commence hydraulic fracking, and Third Energy UK Gas Limited regarding a challenge to its fracking permit. Thomas de la Mare QC is acting for a claims test group put together by Leigh Day in relation to the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

Environment – Leading silks

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Expert on hydraulic fracking and extensive experience in air quality standards.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Recommended for fishing rights.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extensive experience in environment-related judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Howell QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The go-to choice for really significant environmental governance issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Recommended for product liability issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Represents the government in all its most challenging and complex environmental cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Environment – Leading juniors

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Recommended for her experience in EIRs.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jane Collier - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Recommended for environmental protection cases, as well as coastal and Sites of Special Scientific Interest matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An environment specialist.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜often first choice for substantial matters’ and β€˜has an excellent range of financial services counsel and specialists for all scenarios’. The set has been involved in several landmark cases, including R(Macris) v FCA, Carrimjee v FCA, and FCA v Tesco.

Financial services – Leading silks

Charles Flint QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Brings a great deal of authority to any matter in which he is instructed.’

Ranked: tier 1

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely knowledgeable in contentious regulatory work – decisive, clear and practical.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew George QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very responsive and quick, has excellent judgement and huge experience.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very intelligent with a strong attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A first-class brain and a class act.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His advice is exceptional clear, even when dealing with technical matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A gifted advocate and extremely bright.’

Ranked: tier 3

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Gives clear concise advice even in complex matters.’

Ranked: tier 3
Financial services – 2017 silks

Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A fantastic drafter, a fantastic analyst, and always on top form.’

Ranked: tier 1
Financial services – Leading juniors

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A first-rate junior in the world of financial services, no brief is too big for him to digest.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Has a way of presenting complicated information in a digestible and easy way.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He consistently stuns me with his intellectual acumen, common sense and strategic thinking.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers has β€˜excellent strength in depth in general commercial litigation, and, in particular, civil fraud’ and is β€˜full to the rafters with high-calibre barristers with an appetite for a fight’. The set’s barristers have had multiple roles on several significant disputes, including Dana Gas PJSC v San Gas Sukuk & others, Sabbagh v Khour and others, and Libyan Investment Authority v Societe Generale, which settled in 2017.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An outstanding courtroom advocate with a commanding presence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anthony Peto QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for civil fraud.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very sure and clear in his advice, and a very good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A devastating, razor-sharp cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Nothing fazes Tom; he has a great strategic mind, unerringly picking out the crucial points.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable particularly in relation to coordinating cross-border dispute initiatives.’

Ranked: tier 2

Leona Powell - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Hugely knowledgeable in the area of civil fraud.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Head - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A super junior counsel, very easy to deal with and available at all times.’

Ranked: tier 4

Shane Sibbel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Excels at thinking outside of the box when it comes to finding solutions to a problem.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)
Data protection – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is highly regarded for telecoms regulatory work. In the Court of Appeal proceedings challenging Ofcom’s decisions relating to annual licence fees imposed on service providers, Pushpinder Saini QCwas instructed by Ofcom, Tristan Jones acted for Vodafone and Thomas de la Mare QC and Tom Richards for Telefonica.

Data protection – Leading silks

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A well-regarded silk, who has represented the government in this area.’

Ranked: tier 2

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is a very quick, strategic thinker and great fun to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is excellent with clients and a superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has great judgement, great knowledge and is a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is hugely knowledgeable, very approachable and gets to the point straightaway.’

Ranked: tier 1

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is quick and decisive, getting to the core very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 1
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Has considerable experience of telecommunications law.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A well-regarded advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Vinall - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Dispenses clear, no-nonsense advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very impressive junior with excellent attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tristan Jones - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Clearly a star in the making.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜where you go when you want to tool up and fight a big case’. Jason Pobjoy acted pro bono for two interveners, Bail for Immigration Detainees and Medical Justice, in the Supreme Court case that considered the legality of immigration detentions. Lord Pannick QC’s heavyweight cases include acting for the Hong Kong Secretary for Justice regarding the state’s duties to prevent trafficking and the forced labour of immigrants.

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Michael Fordham QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His preparation and delivery is unsurpassed.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Unparalleled advocacy skills, formidable strategic foresight and fearless in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very good counsel for the government.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is outstanding in all aspects and has impressive advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 2
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His written work is beyond compare and his advocacy is uncompromisingly brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Hickman - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The star of the junior Bar and leading voice of matters of constitutional importance.’

Ranked: tier 2

Naina Patel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the hardest working juniors and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Sir James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is extremely impressive.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading silks

Andreas Gledhill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Superb draftsman.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Experienced and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜User friendly, articulate, and deadly on his feet, he is wonderful to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Adam Baradon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Substantial experience in Bermuda Form insurance.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is predominantly noted for its strength in copyright and other soft IP matters in the media and entertainment sector. In the matter of Sony ATV v Le Bon & others – which concerned jurisdictional issues relating to the reversion of copyright in the UK, compared US law – Ian Mill QC and Andrew Scott both advised Sony, with Michael Bloch QC instructed by the defendants at first instance. Members have also handled patent litigation relating in the pharmaceuticals and technology industries.

Intellectual property – Leading silks

Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He cuts through to the key issues and makes sure they fit the commercial objective.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is utterly dependable and deeply impressive on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is bright, incisive, smooth on his feet, making him a reassuring presence.’

Ranked: tier 3
Intellectual property – Leading juniors

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A go-to junior for IP/media work.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Cleaver - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers boasts a strong selection of silks and juniors well versed in major commercial arbitrations and BIT claims. The set is also noted for its expertise in India, thanks in part to the presence of Harish Salve SA. Recent highlights include multiple roles on Agility for Public Warehousing v Pakistan, and GMR v Republic of Maldives.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Experienced, authoritative and as persuasive as ever.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His advice is always spot on.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A clear, pragmatic thinker with sound judgement.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Has a fantastic ability to simplify and focus on the winning points.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Rigorously analytical and reads a court well.’

Ranked: tier 4

Harish Salve SA - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A leading player for the largest India-related disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Always very sensible in his advice and is good in written and oral submissions.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Robert Weekes - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His advocacy is far in excess of where someone of his call should be.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Media and entertainment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

The β€˜very professional’ Blackstone Chambers β€˜offers counsel of the highest calibre’ and β€˜cover most media-related areas hugely ably’. The β€˜leading set for media regulatory work’ is frequently instructed in intellectual property, contractual and licensing issues for a range of high-profile film, theatre and record companies, as well as book, music and newspaper publishers. The chambers boasts β€˜excellent strength in depth’ with β€˜extremely bright, very hardworking members who are great team players’ ranging from β€˜well-established QC's to junior barristers coming up through the ranks’. In the complex case of Duchess of York v Mazher Mahmood & News Group Newspapers, concerning issues of respect of deceit and conspiracy in field of privacy, confidentiality and data protection, Andrew Hunter QC is acting for the Duchess of York with Robert Anderson QC as opposing counsel.

Media and entertainment – Leading silks

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An industry giant and outstanding leader in the field.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has experience handling phone hacking and invasion of privacy matters for media sector clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Weisselberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is a pleasure to work with and thoroughly charming with obvious intellect.’

Ranked: tier 2

Pushpinder Saini QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has been advising on intellectual property issues, particularly in the music industry.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He frequently handles privacy, data protection and defamation issues for high-profile individuals.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is never flustered, highly intelligent and a brilliant advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He represents clients in a variety of disputes in the media, music and gaming sectors.’

Ranked: tier 4

Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is very good with clients and able to deliver forceful and persuasive arguments even in the most challenging of cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Howe QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A fantastic advocate – his advice is always spot on.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has a flare that is immediately apparent and offers a no-nonsense approach to cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Mark Vinall - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is extremely able, very bright and pragmatic.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Hickman - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is a strong barrister, commercially minded and down to earth.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has the ability to make strong points while not alienating key stakeholders.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jessica Boyd - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She provides clear advice and takes care ensuring all relevant issues are covered.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Very impressive junior, excellent attention to detail. Highly responsive at short notice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Cleaver - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is extremely efficient with a great grasp of detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Burgess - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely capable and conscientious, he is very good on his feet and has a keen sense of what is important.’

Ranked: tier 3

Shane Sibbel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with; excellent written submissions and first-rate cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers, known for such issues in London, has members instructed on significant constitutional issues, often concerning the very governance of offshore jurisdictions. Lord Pannick QC represented the Bermuda Bar Council in the Bermuda Court of Appeal case Bermuda Bar Council v Walkers (Bermuda) in the jurisdiction due to the firm’s international ownership. Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC advises the government of Gibraltar on various matters.

Offshore – Leading silks

Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He advises offshore governments on sensitive governance issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Pannick QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜His practice includes public law cases in British Overseas Territories.’

Ranked: tier 4
Offshore – Leading juniors

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A junior with expertise in Trinidadian law and offshore public law.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading juniors

Fraser Campbell - Blackstone Chambers β€˜An incredibly able junior, imaginative thinker and hardworking advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Planning
Planning – Leading silks

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Recommended for transport and energy, particularly fracking permissions.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Police law (defendant)
Police law (defendant) – 2017 silks

Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Frequently instructed by the IPCC in judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 1
Police law (defendant) – Leading juniors

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She handles work for the IPCC and HMIC.’

Ranked: tier 3

Naina Patel - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Her administrative law practice includes policing issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Blackstone Chambers

Public law juggernaut Blackstone Chambers has a particular strength in judicial reviews of regulatory bodies, but its members also deal with some investigations work concerning ICAEW and ACCA bodies. Javan Herberg QC prosecuted the PwC before the FRC Tribunal concerning its audit of the Connaught group, securing a Β£5m fine and a fine of Β£150,000 on an individual partner.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Mark Shaw QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A go-to counsel for complex, high-profile cases with public law issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He has immense intellectual firepower – he can absorb complex facts and identify issues incredibly quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He provides strategic-level advice to regulators.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2017 silks

Ivan Hare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Regularly instructed by the GMC in challenging appeals.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2018 silks

Catherine Callaghan QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Her work includes discipline cases with equalities issues.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Her practice includes unusual legal cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jana Sadler-Forster - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Outstandingly capable as a disciplinary and regulatory lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading silks

Andrew George QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He is an engaging lawyer, with a good courtroom demeanour.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He gives absolute clarity of advice.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Leona Powell - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Excellent abilities.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers has established itself as a leading public international law set, with an excellent array of silks and juniors working under its roof. Representative highlights include the groundbreaking state immunity cases, Janah v Libya and Benkharbouche v Sudan, where Timothy Otty QC appeared in the Supreme Court. Otty was also instructed in Bank Mellat v HM Treasury, while Maurice Mendelson QC appeared in Georgia v Russian Federation.

Public international law – Leading silks

Maurice Mendelson QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the world’s leading public international law experts.’

Ranked: tier 1

Shaheed Fatima QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A really good lawyer and a genuinely good litigator.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Definitely up there as a leading PIL silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Otty QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A top chap, hugely well regarded by the courts both in the UK and abroad.’

Ranked: tier 3
Public international law – Leading juniors

Jason Pobjoy - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Clever, hardworking, responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Has a deep knowledge of public international law and his drafting is first class.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Public procurement
Public procurement – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers β€˜is obviously a very highly regarded chambers for public law’ and β€˜each barrister has lived up to what you would expect from their impressive accomplishments’. On the public procurement front its members are instructed on challenges in the aviation, health, professional services and IT sectors. Emily Neill acted for a claimant in a challenge to the Ministry of Defence and others on a contract worth Β£84m in respect of the supply of boots to the army. Meanwhile, in Global Gaming Ventures (Southampton) v Southampton City Council, Hanif Mussa represented the claimant in a challenge to a procurement process for the award of a large casino gambling licence worth some tens of millions of pounds.

Public procurement – Leading silks

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜He absolutely stands out for having more experience before the Supreme Court than anyone else.’

Ranked: tier 2
Public procurement – Leading juniors

Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Exceptionally bright; he is able to digest large amounts of information very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A brilliant all-round junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emily Neill - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Fantastically bright, very responsive and provides concise pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜At the top of its game’ Blackstone Chambers is a set β€˜full to the rafters with high-calibre barristers with an appetite for a fight’. Chambers is β€˜renowned for providing high-quality advice, particularly in relation to financial services’, where β€˜no other set can rival them’, and it also β€˜has a longstanding and deserved reputation as a first-class’ commercial and public law set. In addition, chambers offers β€˜a breadth of silks and juniors in areas of fraud and asset recovery’, and, according to some, is β€˜now challenging the position held by Brick Court Chambers and Monckton Chambers ’ when it comes to competition law work. As the market has come to expect, the β€˜excellent’ clerks’ room is β€˜well managed’ by the β€˜exceptional’ and β€˜proper’ senior clerk Gary Oliver. Deputy senior clerks Derek Sutton (β€˜a real gent; the standout individual; consistently delivering an outstanding first-class service’) and Adam Sloane (β€˜very happy to assist and ensure that the correct person is on hand to help with each matter’) are also highly rated by solicitors. The clerking team is β€˜particularly adept at handling cases where they are on all sides, making effective use of Chinese walls’ and β€˜understand the concept of "horses for courses" and the need to match counsel both to the case and the client’. Kevin Grubb is β€˜an excellent clerk’ who β€˜knows the court system well’, along with β€˜each barrister's strengths’. Adam Fuschillo β€˜is very helpful in all respects’. Danny Compton is β€˜responsive and accommodating’. For providing β€˜an excellent service’, chambers director Julia Hornor and her deputy, Mat Swallow, are also names to note. Offices in: London

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading silks

Nathalie Lieven QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜From drafting to advocacy, she is brilliant in every respect.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Sport
Sport – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Blackstone Chambers

Generally regarded as β€˜the strongest chambers for sports work’, Blackstone Chambers has β€˜real strength in depth at the QC and junior levels’; it provides β€˜truly stellar all-round service’, and β€˜its clerks are a cut above’. Its superb regulatory capabilities are bolstered by longstanding expertise in IP and commercial disputes: Ian Mill QC acted for the FA Premier League in a case against Sky and others to prevent access to illegal streams of Premier League footage. The highly regarded, football-dedicated Nick De Marco QC took silk in 2018.

Sport – Leading silks

Adam Lewis QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜One of the only sports-dedicated barristers around.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Diligent and creatively minded – a forceful advocate and a very impressive cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Beloff QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜The godfather of sports law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright, and ferocious in court; you want him on your side, and worry if he isn’t.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jane Mulcahy QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extremely good – has excellent knowledge of sports law and procedure.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Gallafent QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A fantastic advocate in tough cases; develops creative arguments and makes points forcefully while keeping people onside.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Excellent on his feet – knows how to read a judge, and thinks through cross-examinations very well.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas de la Mare QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Seen more and more in the sports sector.’

Ranked: tier 3
Sport – 2018 Silks

Nick De Marco QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Has his hands on most of the high-profile football work; literally wrote the book on football law.’

Ranked: tier 1
Sport – Leading juniors

James Segan - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Active across competition and advisory, anti-doping, disciplinary, commercial and ticketing matters in the sports sector.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Richards - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Fantastic – a real rising star.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ravi Mehta - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Outstanding – combines a pragmatic approach with an acute legal brain. Easy-going and accessible, too.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Mountford - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Lowe - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Kind, friendly and willing to dive into the finer points.’

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Burgess - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A superb advocate who is fiercely committed to his clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: VAT – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers has β€˜an incredible depth of skill’ in relation to both corporate and indirect tax matters. Sam Grodzinski QC is instructed in numerous high-profile cases, most notably acting for Uber in Maugham v HMRC. Several members are also irregularly instructed by HMRC, including James Eadie QC, Gemma White QC and Simon Pritchard.

Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Sam Grodzinski QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A star silk for indirect tax.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Eadie QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in indirect tax matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gemma White QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Noted for her treasury caseload.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Strong oral advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

Simon Pritchard - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Extensive tax court experience.’

Ranked: tier 3

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